2009/10

1st Team Played in the North Berks Division 1
1st Team Manager: Tristan Campbell (Reading FC JMA)

Chairman: Gerry O’Garr

Hon Secretary: Richard May

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Taken from getreading.co.uk, 07th December 2009

AFC Wallingford 0 Wokingham & Emmbrook FC 2

A Shane Cooper-Clark brace was enough to ease Wokingham & Emmbrook into the next round of the Berks & Bucks Intermediate Cup against North Berks side AFC Wallingford.

It is a competition Wokingham have had very little luck in over the past few years and the omens didn’t look good as it was the home side who looked the more impressive early on.
Wokingham’s first real chance came in the ninth minute when Shaun Wanklyn’s free-kick was cleared off the line.
The steady Grant Lewin then had an excellent chance at the far post after good work by Nicky Bateman, however, the defender put his effort wide of the upright.
Cooper-Clark had an effort charged down, while a long-range effort from Danny Horscroft forced Wallingford keeper Nick Bovingdon to save smartly.
Both sides seemed to lack that cutting edge, although Craig  Duncan had two efforts go close for Wallingford.
With half-time approaching a Wokingham corner was only half cleared to Tranter, who founf the feet of the industrious Jack Broome who fired wide from a good position.
With both sides seemingly cancelling each other out it was obvious a change in formation might be needed to gain the initiative.
Despite the hard work of Luke Lee and Cooper-Clark up front in the absence of top-scorer Richard Bland, a goal was needed to ease the pressure.
Boss Wayne Wanklyn decided to make things a little more attacking for the second half, switching to a 3-4-3 formation.
This proved a master stroke with Wokingham taking the lead two minutes after the restart.
Darren Thorne, who was moved from the back to play up front along side Lee and Cooper- Clark, got away down the left and crossed low and hard.
The ball deflected off a defender and ran loose for Cooper-Clark to make sure with keeper Bovingdon stranded.
From this point the visitors never looked back.
Minutes later a great first touch from Thorne allowed him a shot which just cleared the bar.
The only second half threat from the home side came on 50 minutes when Ben Chadbone saw his effort hit the bar with Harris beaten.
Slowly Wokingham began to take a firm grip on proceedings, Lee was denied by Bovingdon and Horscroft fired over as Wokingham looked for a second.
It came in the 66th minute as Wanklyn’s inch-perfect through ball released Cooper-Clark down the middle and the 17-year-old showed great composure to skip past Bovingdon and fire into an empty net.
The home side were reduced to ten men in the 67th minute when Tristan Campbell was shown a second yellow for dissent and effectively the game was won for Wokingham.
Boss Wanklyn’s astute tactical awareness certainly paid dividends in the second half.
“I felt we needed more of a presence up front and Thorney certainly gave us that, we looked far more composed in the second half and we always looked the more likely winners after a hesitant first half,”  said Wanklyn.
“Having progressed in the cup competitions we can now turn our attention back to the league and this coming Saturday’s trip to near neighbours Finchampstead.”

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Taken from oxfordmail.co.uk, Tuesday 26th January 2010

FOOTBALL: Wallingford’s run is ended by Drayton

DRAYTON ended AFC Wallingford’s unbeaten North Berks League Division 1 record with a 4-3 win.

Joe Brewerton and Rob Powell scored doubles for Drayton, with Matt Rolfe, Tom Collins and Craig Duncan replying for Wallingford.

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Taken from The Herald, Tuesday 16th February 2010

A spirited second-half comeback from AFC Wallingford proved in vain as Saxton Rovers kept up their 100 per cent record in North Berks League’s Division 1 with a 4-2 victory.

A brace from Danny Parry and a Paul Druce strike saw Saxton lead 3-0 at half-time.

After the break, Wallingford hit back with goals from Ben Chadbone and substitute Ben Jennings to set up an exciting finish, only for Benny Sutton to seal it for Saxton with No 4.

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